No matter how picture perfect your life may be, it is simply inevitable that long days at the office or in the classroom result in stress and exhaustion. Personally, I have anxiety and often feel overwhelmed with the stresses of daily life. While anxiety or stress is by no means a good feeling, I have (over the years) found an at home routine that helps me unwind, and melts any feelings of worry away. Today I am going to be walking you through my 4-part method for a stress relieving, at-home spa day that never fails to relax.
Part One: Destress
Bubbles: When feeling overwhelmed, I start off my night by soaking in the tub. When your tense, stressed, and overworked body enters the warm water, your muscles instinctively relax- resulting in an instantaneous feeling of calm. This is the first step to a tense free night, and a peaceful nights sleep.
Essence: To enhance the effects of your bath time, incense is a great option. Ever since Ancient Egypt, incense and essential oils have been used to treat anxiety, and to promote a healthy state of mind. While I personally love to light candles, essential oils can be a big help as well. There is a ton of research on how different scents can ease different issues, so all you have to do is find what works best for you, lay back, and relax.
Music: During my destress time, I love to put on some soothing tunes. Of course music is a personal preference and you can listen to whatever you want, but I suggest choosing songs that are slower, softer, and meaningful. A few of my favorite musicians to listen to during my relaxation time are Norah Jones, Angus and Julia Stone, and Jack Johnson.
Drink: Last but not least when it comes to de-stressing, it never hurts to have a cup of something that calms you down. While I personally am not a huge wine person, if that’s your favorite by all means go for it! For me, I love a nice hot cup of Chamomile tea.
Part Two: Skincare
Cleanse: After soaking in the tub with my candles, music, and tea, the next step to my anxiety ridding routine is skincare. I don’t know about you guys, but it’s just about impossible for me to feel comfortable with a full face of old, sticky makeup on. So after hopping out of the bath, I head over to the sink and cleanse my face. My favorite way to cleanse for an at home spa night is by using my Sephora Collection Precision Pore Cleansing Pad with my Fresh Soy Face Cleanser. Because the cleanser smells like cucumber, and the Precision Pad is covered in gentle, silicone bristles, my skin is always at it’s best with this fabulous combination.
Mask: And what screams spa night like a face mask?! It truly wouldn’t be a relaxing night in if I didn’t include of of these bad boys, huh. Continuing on the Fresh train, my favorite mask to use when I’m looking for optimal relaxation is the Fresh Rose Mask. A gel formula infused with rose petals and rose water, this mask smells like heaven, and leaves the skin looking hydrated, plump and clear.
Moisturize: Because taking care of yourself is the essence of this entire night, you better go balls to the wall with it. After washing off my face mask, I always follow up with my True Moringa Lavender Facial Oil. Richer in nutrients and healing powers than a typical moisturizer, this oil sinks into the skin and leaves it looking beautifully glowing.
Target: Once my skin is nice and prepped, I always have to finish off my skincare routine with products that target problem areas. I personally use prescription topicals for my acne prone skin (Tazorac and Aczone) but for anybody who simply wants to zap a pimple they feel is on the way, I suggest trying out the Mario Badescu drying lotion.
Part Three: Comfort
Pajamas: Finally, the good part. In my opinion, there are few greater feelings than slipping into something comfortable. During the Winter time I am an absolute sucker for sweatpants and sweaters, but during the warmer months I don’t think you can go wrong with a loose tank and some boxer shorts. If you want to use this spa night as a way to get a little confidence back from the day, try slipping on something silky and sleek- The key is finding what you are most comfortable in!
Snack: I know, I know. Snacking at night isn’t known for being one of the best things for you. But you know what? On your night off, it’s ok to indulge yourself. So make those nachos, grab that bowl of ice cream, eat the bag of chips, and enjoy. While comfort foods are by no means health foods, they hold their title for a reason.
Dim: Now that you’re cozy and well fed, it’s time to dim the lights and get into the right frame of mind for the rest of the night. My favorite way to set the mood is to turn down the lights! Harsh bulbs can often be stressful on the eyes, so instead try setting your lights on dim, or even try shutting them off completely and breaking out the candles again.
Bed: Headed to the final parts of your relaxation night, it’s time to hop in bed! I’m not going to sit here and say that I make my bed every single morning (because that would be a downright lie) but I do recommend prepping your bed before starting your night. By already having a set of clean sheets and fluffy pillows, it will make your day go much smoother later on in the night.
Part Four: Entertainment
Beauty Binge After taking care of your body, skin, and bed, it’s time to get to the entertainment. I always start off the end of the night by catching up on all of my favorite YouTubers. Learning about new products, and listening to what is happening in other people’s lives provides some serious relief from my own worries. Here is a list of some of my favorite YouTubers!
Friends: I don’t think the phrase “the obsession is real” even begins to cover just how real my obsession is with this classic show. Praise the Netflix lords for putting FRIENDS online, because there is absolutely NOTHING else that makes me feel better than a good Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey, Phoebe and Rachel binge. As lame as it may be, this show has gotten me through a lot and has always been my favorite way to escape. A forever favorite.
Books: My favorite way to finish the night is by reading a few chapters of whatever book I have at the moment. This is a great way to distract the mind from real life, and will instantly immerse you into a distant world. The book that I am currently reading is “Maisie Dobbs”.
Rest: Finally, the end of the night. One of the most important things when it comes to your health, a good nights sleep is absolutely essential to healthy brain function and, especially, your emotional well being. So get rid of the distractions, turn off your computer, silence your phone, and unplug yourself from the worries of the world around you. Take this time to focus on yourself and give your body, and your mind, a rest.
I hope you guys enjoyed reading about my favorite way to relax on a night in! Don’t forget to comment down below, and to check out my Instagram here!
Have a wonderful day,